The Morning Program
As Dr. Montessori observed, each child grows uniquely, often maturing intellectually, socially, and emotionally at different rates. A Montessori education is therefore arranged in three-year cycles encompassing skills and concepts that the child encounters and absorbs at his or her own pace, guided by a carefully trained and experienced Montessori teacher.
Montessori children learn by discovery and with a sense of joy and wonder. By nurturing the intrinsic desire in every child to explore his or her world, the Montessori Method establishes a strong foundation for a lifelong love of learning. We have created a beautifully rich environment in which to foster the natural ability for each child to learn and grow. We use the child-centered education principles pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori, which have proven successful. The results are academic excellence, a passion for learning, and the excited and eager faces of children as they go to school each day. The Montessori Method is a preparation for life. It effectively links the school, the home, and the community. Cooperative learning and shared responsibility are two of its primary goals.
Our multi-age classrooms at The Montessori School at Lone Tree that support the three-year cycle also develop a sense of community, encouraging cooperative learning across age-groups and building our children’s sense of security and self-esteem. This social and emotional growth complements their intellectual development. Children who learn both independently and cooperatively develop a keen sense of their own responsibility for learning as well as a high level of empathy and respect for others in the shared enterprise of learning.
Within our large, sunlit classrooms, children explore and discover the wonders and processes of the surrounding world. The carefully arranged classrooms and intriguing materials stimulate both their five senses and their intellects, inspiring each child’s curiosity and encouraging his or her development. Our Montessori certified teachers guide each child’s independent choices with materials that both challenge and engage the child’s aesthetic and creative imagination and plant the seeds that grow into the skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.
There are profound benefits to spending three years in a MSLT Primary classroom. Learning is joyful when children follow their greatest interest: understanding the world immediately around them. In the Primary program, the foundation for a life-long love of learning is laid. Children develop a sense of independence, competence, determination and resiliency. Children realize that “difficult” tasks can be mastered. They become increasingly satisfied as they attain precision and success in their work. By the third year, children are ready to be role models and leaders.